Talk about a great public space, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center seems to have it all. A sudden and much welcomed break from the chaotic streets and hectic bustle of city life, Caesar Pelli’s amazing garden slows down the pace of a passerby’s day for just a second as one may steal a glance of the river, read under palm trees or relax on the grand marble stairs. This space is so meaningful that it was one of the first things rebuilt after the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001. Yet, according to the New York Observer, Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, has proposed a redesign of the winter garden, including the removal of the beloved steps.
More about the proposal after the break.
The new addition will act as a synthesis between Amesterdam North and the rest of the city, which historically has been seperated by the River IJ.
More images and information after the break.
In an adaptive re-use project, Serie Architects, Grimshaw of London and Pysall Ruge Arkitekten of Berlin were asked to renovate four factories in Hangzhou that would form a new urban core for the city center. For Serie’s factory, the firm decided to preserve the unique16 ft tall main hall of the factory and to “accentuate the industrial drama of this massive void by restoring the concrete truss roof structure and by bringing additional light down through a newly glazed lantern.” The design truly feeds upon the existing conditions, as the newer programs are situated on a large plinth, respecting the historic presence of the factory.
More about the project after the break.
International architecture practice SPARCH shared with us their new mixed-use development Raffles City Ningbo, consisting of an office tower, a residential tower and a retail podium. It is located to the east of the Yuyao River, within the Jiangbei district, next to the Ningbo historical downtown, China. More images and architect’s description after the break.
With the intention of framing a new cultural center within the iconic identity of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, STL has designed a complex program that will revive the cultural atmosphere of the city for the Kaohsiung Competition which is to be submitted by January 10, 2011. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: ArTA | Architect Thanos Athanasopoulos
Location: Ekali, Athens, Greece
Type Of Project: Single family house
Structural Engineers: Michael Athanasopoulos, A. Karagiorgos
Client: Tania Kostala, Manolis Fthenakis
Gross internal floor area: 370 m2
Lighting consultant: Dimitra Kamba
Proyect Year: 2010
Photographs: H. Louizidis
The Auditorium and Convention Centre in Expo 2008 located in Zaragoza, Spain was designed by architects Nieto Sobejano. A fractional and varied profile – ascending and descending – the building’s exterior expressed the different spaces housed in its interior and introduced a large amount of natural light into the exhibition areas. Three main blocks house an auditorium, a multi-purpose pavilion, and modular halls will be connected to each other via a large common vestibule which links the different areas.
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As if learning in the classroom weren’t challenging enough, school renovations can disrupt teachers who are trying to teach and kids who are trying to learn. Too often during a renovation project, students are displaced into shaky mobile-home-style classrooms and/or packed into gyms and music rooms.
Recent Oregon graduate Kris Celtnieks has an answer for these problems. His full-size pre-fabricated temporary school building would be a middle ground between stable, permanent space and the shanty feel of mobile classrooms. His buildings would be quickly assembled on vacant spaces near schools under renovation, providing learning-friendly space with good acoustics, pleasant lighting, and a solid framework. They could be quickly configured to the site and sized for enrollment. When renovations are complete, they could be disassembled and infinitely reused. As conceived, they feature a fabric roof, adjustable microclimate, and a self-contained waste-processing system.
Griffintown Interrupted is an international ideas competition which invites speculation on the value of the temporary, the urban promise of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, incremental architectures.
Submit a proposal for a temporary, flexible and disassemblable structures on one of five sites across Griffintown, an evolving district in Montréal, Canada. Finalist proposals will be featured in a digital exhibition and digital publication exploring the potential of indeterminacy in urban transformation.
Deadline is November 10 at 11:59 pm. Visit the competition’s official website for more information.
The Santa Caterina Market is Barcelona’s oldest market, built in 1848. Nearly the entire market was recently renovated by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Associated Architects. The very expressive arc roof, mosaic tiled designed by artist Toni Comella, displays vivid colors and figures that represent vegetables and fruit.
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Architects: Neostudio Architects
Location: Poznan, Poland
Project team: Bartosz Jarosz, Pawe≥ åwierkowski
Interiors: Bartosz Jarosz, Pawe≥ åwierkowski, Magda Nowak
Structural Engineer: Marcin Bielecki
Project area: 224 sqm
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Pawe≥ åwierkowski